Whether targeted for fun or for the table, panfish please most anglers– especially lunker crappies and hand-sized bull bluegills. Fall is a great time to catch them, but with variables like changing vegetation, cooling weather, turnover, and fall bait migrations, how do you crack the code for consistent success?
We asked four of the nation’s top panfish specialists five questions about fall crappie and bluegill fishing. Their answers will help anyone become a more successful fall panfish angler.
The swimbait is a lure type that has gone from trophy hunting bass anglers to something used for many different species, including walleye. They come in all shapes and sizes and can be fished all year long, making them some of the most versatile lures used today.
Everyone is throwing bladed jigs these days so sometimes you need to give the fish a different look and sound.
The downsized Chatterbait MiniMax has a downscaled hex-blade and other componentry, but it has the punch to handle big, tough smallmouth, spotted and largemouth bass.
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By Louie Stout
Cooler water temperatures and rainfall has drawn Skamania steelhead into some Michiana streams and rivers.
Indiana Lake Michigan Biologist Ben Dickinson said his crews have been gathering several steelhead at the Trail Creek Weir in Michigan City and hope to be done soon.
The adult fish being collected will be stripped of eggs and milt to produce future steelhead stockings.
“We’re getting about 50 to 100 a day, so it’s been steady,” Dickinson said. “We’re hoping to finish up this week.”
The Indiana Bass Federation is hosting a team bass tournament July 31st on Lakes Wawasee and Syracuse to benefit the Riley Children’s Foundation.
Over the years the Federation has been able to raise almost $54,000 for the Riley Foundation. The event will launch from the Syracuse ramp. Parking will be at the nearby PolarKraft facility.
Thanks to the generosity and support of the Fraternal Order of Eagles of South Bend, True Value Hardware of Plymouth and the Bremen Conservation Club the tournament will have a $1,000 Big Bass Guarantee.
Other awards include the Trailmaster Trailers Long Haul Award which will provide the boat owner that traveled the furthest from home to fish the tournament a $100 bonus, Gordon Food Service Fish or Feast Award which will provide the highest placed male/female team a $100 GFS gift card, and there will be a $50 bonus to both the youngest as well as the most “experienced” angler. In addition, one team will win the Bremen Conservation Club $100 Lucky Dawg Award.
Entry fee is $100, which includes $10 big bass, if paid by July 22. Entry and big bass is $110 the day of the tournament. Hours are 7 am to 3 pm. For entry form or more info contact Mike Goins at 574-298-0208 or email@example.com.
Proceeds will benefit the Riley Children’s Foundation, Riley Children’s Hospital, which strives to provide a family-friendly environment with world-class healthcare for children, and Camp Riley, an annual summer camp program that lets children with physical disabilities experience life without limits and adventures that help them build confidence and friendships.